Michigan Design Council opens competition

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

The Michigan Design Council said Tuesday that it has launched its first Michigan Design Prize, an annual competition to showcase the state’s industrial design talent.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced the formation of the nonprofit council, including business and education leaders from the state, a year ago at the Detroit auto show. The council is aimed to grow and retain industrial designers in Michigan.

During the competition, participants will work to solve a design challenge in Michigan and for society. This year’s challenge is to design “a physical product solution that allows people to safely enjoy the benefits of Michigan's diverse water resources.”

“This unique design competition is an exciting opportunity to spotlight the tremendous industrial design talent here in Michigan,” said Jeff DeBoer, Michigan Design Council chairman, in a statement. “We are looking forward to evaluating the entries and awarding the winner in the fall of 2016.”

The organization said registration is open to all Michigan residents, including K-12 students, college students and professionals. Details are available at www.michigandesigncouncil.org.


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